Thirlmere Festival of Steam chugs back into town in 2021

Train enthusiasts young and old will get to experience all the delights of the Thirlmere Festival of Steam in 2021.

The popular locomotive event was cancelled this year due to the bushfire crisis that impacted the region.

However the Rotary Club of Picton, Wollondilly Council and Tranport Heritage NSW have come to transition agreement to bring the festival back - better than ever - in 2021

Festival chairman Geoff Cannon said the plan was to hold the event later this year.

"While we had been in discussions with our event partners about a new date for 2020, the coronavirus situation has further complicated our planning efforts," Mr Cannon said.

"This is disappointing for us rotarians as 2020 was to be our last festival, however on the upside we are equally pleased to have now secured the festival's future for 2021 and beyond."

Wollondilly Council and Transport Heritage NSW will take over management of the festival from 2021.

The council's executive director community and corporate, Ally Dench said the festival was a community favourite.

"On behalf of the community, I would like to thank all rotarians involved in the festival for their stewardship of this annual event over many years," she said.

"With our community dealing with the aftermath of the bushfires, floods and now the impacts of the coronavirus, events such as the Thirlmere Festival of Steam will be front and centre for the council in 2021."

Transtport NSW, operators of the NSW Rail Museum, chief executive Andrew Moritz also reaffirmed their commitment to the annual event.

"We look forward to working with the council in further developing and expanding this annual celebration of steam and nostalgia which has continued to attract thousands to the area for more than 30 years," he said.

Organisers of the event will continue to monitor advice from relevant government authorities in relation to events and gatherings.

More information on the 2021 event, including stallholder and sponsorship opportunities, will be released late this year.

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